From March 2022, new mobile phone laws mean that you could face prosecution if you use any hand held device when behind the wheel. This applies not only when you are driving, but also when your are stationary in traffic. The law applies not only to mobile phones, but to any device that can send or receive data; even if they are offline at the time.
You must not use any hand held device when:
- waiting at traffic lights
- stationary in a traffic queue
- teaching someone to drive.
There are some exceptions to the rule. You can use a mobile or other device:
- to contact the emergency services
- to make a contactless payment at a drive-through
- or when your device is use for remote parking.
Hands-free devices such as Bluetooth and voice command can still be used; though you must not pick them up at any time during unless you are safely and legally parked.
Any devices which are attached to your dashboard or windscreen must not restrict your view in any way.
Staying in Control
You must always be in full control of your vehicle when using any device. You may be prosecuted if you are seen to be distracted in any way when using a phone, sat nav. or nay other electronic device.
Using any electronic device to send or receive data, communication or to take photos may result in you receiving six penalty point and a £200 fine. These laws apply to drivers and motorcyclists (but for some reason not cyclists.) This means that if you have passed your test within 2 years of your prosecution you will lose your licence. You may be given three penalty if your device is placed in such a position that it interferes with your view of the road.
In more severe cases, if you are taken to court you may be banned from driving; and your fine may be increased up to £1000. When driving a lorry or bus however, the maximum fine is £2500.